No this is not another post about the feather fashion craze [but before all is said and done there probably will be more of those]. This is concerning a potential "art" project and the Arkansas River. Remember the islands wrapped in pink fabric a number of years ago? Christo is at it again but this time he want to drape fabric over a 42 mile stretch of the Arkansas River. In the name of Environmental art the exhibit will be on display for two weeks, there will be some 9,000 anchors for this display, an estimated 344,00 visitors and, of course, no environmental impact.
My own views of art aside, I do not understand how one person can be allowed to construct such a man made object on public land. The entire reason for the state and national park system is to preserve land in as natural a state as it can be for everyone. How does draping over 42 river miles with over 5.9 miles of shiny fabric fit in with preserving the land for everyone? I understand there is some art in this world that I just don't get, it's on another plain of consciousness that I can't get to without some rainbow mushrooms, but this is not art. At a time when people all over the planet are talking about living green and saving the planet, how does this fit in. What do you think the "5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels" are made of? Silk, Cotton, wool, all natural, 100 percent biodegradable fibers? How much petroleum will be used to make this silvery, luminous fabric? How much of the river will be torn up with the 9,000 anchors? Not to mention all the people in and out of the river to marvel at this work of "art". I am certain this will attract only the well educated, environmentally conscious, "I clean up after myself", responsible crowd!
All on your public lands. All in the name of "art". Let's get into some real art… where's my Gary Larson book?